• YCAPS-SPF Community Conversations

    Seminar Series

  • About the Series

    The YCAPS-SPF Community Conversations seminar series returns to the heart of YCAPS's original seminars: bringing quality conversations, world-class experts, networking, and career development to U.S. military base communities around Japan. Community Conversations holds regular webinars about the history and significance of Misawa, Yokota, Yokosuka, Iwakuni, Sasebo, and Okinawa. When public health conditions allow, we hope to follow these webinars with in-person seminars in each of the six communities as well. This series is being implemented in full partnership with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Japan.

  • Community Conversations Schedule

    Flyer for the Yokosuka event with an image of Yokosuka Port

    YCAPS-SPF Community Conversations Series (via Zoom)

    7 September 2022 – 19:00 (Japan)

    Before the construction of the shipyards in the 1860s, Yokosuka was just a small village. However, after building, it became one of Japan's largest naval port cities, shaping Yokosuka's identity today. Dr. Inayoshi will explore Yokosuka's development process before WWII and how they utilized its heritage as a naval port after WWII.

     

    For more information please see the event page. Registration for the Zoom session can be found here.

    Flyer with image from Japan Gov "Innovation Japan" campaign

    YCAPS-SPF Community Conversations Series (via Zoom)

    26 September 2022 – 19:00 (Japan)

    In the 20th century, Japan was known as a land of technological innovation with its electronic "gadgets" fascinating the world. However, there is a sense that it has lost its innovative edge in the modern era. Yet, Japan still possesses remarkable resources in terms of technological and scientific know-how. Anna Nagamine, Manager of Business Development Section, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) will describe Japan's national policies to promote innovation and the roles of sci-tech "hubs" such as OIST. A native Okinawan, she will also describe the specific challenges and opportunities the current era of innovation pose for her prefecture.

     

    For more information please see the event page. Registration for the Zoom session can be found here.

     

     

    Flyer for the Yokosuka event with an image of Yokosuka Port

    YCAPS-SPF Community Conversations Series (via Zoom)

    28 September 2022 – 19:00 (Japan)

    YCAPS & the Sasakawa Peace Foundation are pleased to announce the next event in the Community Conversations seminar series focused on Misawa. This event event will feature General Sadamasa Oue. General Oue will draw upon his experience as a Commander of the Northern Air Defense Command at Misawa Airbase to talk about Misawa's role in the U.S.-Japan Alliance in the past as well as a view of the future.

     

    For more information please see the event page. Registration for the Zoom session can be found here.

     

    Flyer with image of Hiroshima Peace Memorial

    YCAPS-SPF Community Conversations Series (via Zoom)

    29 September 2022 – 19:00 (Japan)

    Hiroshima was a symbol of Imperial Japan in the early 20th century. After August 1945, Hiroshima became a symbol of ambiguity for US-Japan relations. After former President Obama’s visit and now the coming G-7 summit, Dr. Koji Murata will discuss how Hiroshima may be poised to become a symbol of rapprochement between the two countries.

     

    For more information please see the event page. Registration for the Zoom session can be found here.

  • Past Community Conversations

    YCAPS-SPF Community Conversations Series (via Zoom)

    27 July 2022 – 19:00 (Japan)

     

    YCAPS & the Sasakawa Peace Foundation are pleased to announce the continuation of the Community Conversations seminar series in Misawa. This event will feature Professor Narushige Michishita. Prof. Michishita will provide an overview of US-Japan combined air operations during the Cold War, and how that history relates to today’s competition with China.

     

    For more information please see the event page. Registration for the Zoom session can be found here.

    YCAPS-SPF Community Conversations Series (via Zoom)

    22 July 2022 – 19:00 (Japan)

     

    YCAPS & the Sasakawa Peace Foundation are pleased to announce the continuation of the Community Conversations seminar series in Yokosuka. This event will feature Mr. Bonji Ohara, senior fellow at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and security expert studying the US-Japan Alliance and Japanese security policy. Mr. Ohara will discuss the history and significance of Yokosuka base to the US-Japan Alliance.

     

    For more information please see the event page. Registration for the Zoom session can be found here.

    YCAPS-SPF Community Conversations Series (via Zoom)

    14 July 2022 – 19:00 (Japan)

     

    YCAPS & the Sasakawa Peace Foundation are pleased to announce the return of the Community Conversations seminar series in Yokota. The inaugural event will feature Dr. Tomonori Yoshizaki. Dr. Yoshizaki will discuss how the war in Ukraine may impact US-Japan bilateral coordination including extended deterrence not only in Europe but also USFJ and the Indo-Pacific.

     

    For more information please see the event page. Registration for the Zoom session can be found here.

     

    YCAPS-SPF Community Conversations Series (via Zoom)

    11 July 2022 – 19:00 (Japan)

     

    YCAPS & the Sasakawa Peace Foundation are pleased to announce the debut of the Community Conversations seminar series in Iwakuni. The inaugural event will feature CDR Mariyo Murakami. CDR Murakami (Leader of Flight Division 811,Air Electronic Warfare Squadron 8) will discuss the history and significance of JMSDF Iwakuni Air Base and give an overview of the contemporary role of the Air Base as part of the US- Japan alliance.

     

    For more information please see the event page. Registration for the Zoom session can be found here.

     

    YCAPS-SPF Community Conversations Series (via Zoom)

    06 July 2022 – 19:00 (Japan)

     

    YCAPS & the Sasakawa Peace Foundation are pleased to announce the return of the Community Conversations seminar series in Sasebo. The inaugural event will feature Mr. Yasuhiro Kawakami. Mr. Kawakami (Rear Admiral Ret.) has served 32 years in the JMSDF, primarily in the Mine Warfare and Amphibious Warfare fields. He has also served five times as a commander and four times in Sasebo. He will discuss the history of Japanese Mine Warfare and the close cooperation between the Japan and U.S. Mine Warfare Forces after W.W.Ⅱ.

     

    For more information please see the event page. Registration for the Zoom session can be found here.

    YCAPS-SPF Community Conversations Series (via Zoom)

    22 June 2022 – 19:00 (Japan)

     

    YCAPS & the Sasakawa Peace Foundation are pleased to announce the return of the Community Conversations seminar series in Okinawa. The inaugural event will feature Mr. Tsuneo Watanabe. Mr. Watanabe has observed Japanese security policy and politics as a researcher in both US and Japanese thinktanks for decades. He will discuss the history of Japanese security policy and politics in the context of the US military facility in Okinawa.

     

    For more information please see the event page. Registration for the Zoom session can be found here.

     

  • Additional Events to Be Announced Soon!

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